Singapore Botanic Gardens host to Sotheby’s first Asian outdoor sculpture selling exhibition

An upcoming Singapore sale of outdoor sculpture by Sotheby’s may indicate that the leading auction house is looking to expand its Asia operations into regional hubs outside of Hong Kong.

Sotheby’s has announced that it will host its first monumental sculpture sale in Asia from 23 October 2012 to 31 January 2013 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The exhibition will feature work by Yemeni-born, London-based sculptor Zadok Ben-David.

Zadok Ben-David, 'Midnight Dance', 2012, weathering steel. Image courtesy Sotheby's.

As stated in the press release,

Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, announced today the company will host its first selling exhibition of outdoor sculpture in Asia with the support of the Singapore Tourism Board and the National Parks Board from 23 October 2012 to 31 January 2013. Sotheby’s, with many years’ experience staging monumental sculpture exhibitions in the US and the UK, will take a proven formula further afield when it presents sixteen works by award-winning international sculptor Zadok Ben-David against the magnificent backdrop of Singapore Botanic Gardens. The exhibition is partly sponsored by Bank Sarasin, and will be free and open to the public.

Patti Wong commented: ‘During this period of dramatic growth in the art market, collectors in Singapore have been transacting with ever-increasing enthusiasm, particularly in the field of outdoor sculpture. We are grateful to the Singapore Tourism Board and the National Parks Board for providing us with an exceptional opportunity to stage an exhibition which will create a unique art experience for discerning collectors across the entire region.’

Born in the Yemen, educated in Israel and in London, London-based Zadok Ben-David’s work reflects his twin fascinations with magic and Darwinian Evolution. Man’s relationship with animals and nature are recurring themes in his sculptures. Having represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1988, he has since exhibited widely in Asia, America, Europe and Australasia. In 2007, he was the subject of a solo exhibition at Guangdong Art Museum in China and in 2008 he was commissioned to create a landmark sculpture for the Beijing Olympics.

Though competition for market share in Hong Kong has been fierce, with Sotheby’s expanding its programming with a permanent exhibition space and mainland auction giant China Guardian set to host its first Hong Kong auction in October 2012, from Wong’s comments it seems Sotheby’s is looking to explore the potential of other regional art hubs.


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